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Miss Saigon

When:

Tue 7 Jun 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Wed 8 Jun 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Thu 9 Jun 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 10 Jun 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 11 Jun 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Sandra Roberts

One of the world’s most stunning musicals, an Auckland season of Miss Saigon, is announced for 2011. Raw and uncompromising, Miss Saigon is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make. From the creators of Les Misérables, this Broadway blockbuster is a love story of epic proportions, one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time.

Set in war-torn Saigon in 1975 amid the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon tells the moving tale of an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl who fall in love only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggle to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.

Presented by North Shore Music Theatre, Miss Saigon will open at Auckland’s Civic theatre on Friday, May 20, 2011. Tickets are now on sale for this incredible season.

Starring the enormously talented Tina Cross as “Gigi” - a hardened Saigon stripper, Tina is supported by a 60-strong, all New Zealand cast. This is the biggest cast ever assembled for a stage musical in Auckland, eclipsing the critically acclaimed 42nd Street cast that dazzled theatre audiences earlier this year.

The pivotal role of “Kim” - the role that shot Lea Salonga to international fame - will be played by Christiana Zhu, a former member of New Zealand composer David Hamilton's award-winning choir Opus, who thrilled audiences throughout Europe and America. Television personality Russell Dixon will play troubled American GI “Chris”.

An explosive love story on a truly epic scale.

Miss Saigon is the 10th longest running Broadway musical in musical theatre history and since its London premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has become the third most successful musical in the history of British theatre and the longest running show ever to play Drury Lane. It has been performed in 18 countries, in nine different languages, has won 30 major awards and been seen by over 31 million people worldwide.

Miss Saigon is a epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman during the fall of Saigon; and a night that will change their lives forever.

Three years later, the US Army has fled Saigon; Chris has returned to America and is now married; he now learns that Kim is still alive and has born him a son. His search for Kim, and their son Tam, finds them living in poverty in Bangkok.

When Kim discovers Chris is in Bangkok with his wife, her hopes to be reunited with him disappear. Desperate to ensure a better life for her son, Kim will make the ultimate sacrifice.

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